A facile in situ hydrophobic layer protected selective etching strategy for the synchronous synthesis/modification of hollow or rattle-type silica nanoconstructs

Zhang, Kun, Chen, Hangrong, Zheng, Yuanyi, Chen, Yu, Ma, Ming, Wang, Xia, Wang, Lijun, Zeng, Deping and Shi, Jianlin (2012) A facile in situ hydrophobic layer protected selective etching strategy for the synchronous synthesis/modification of hollow or rattle-type silica nanoconstructs. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22 25: 12553-12561. doi:10.1039/c2jm31504a


Author Zhang, Kun
Chen, Hangrong
Zheng, Yuanyi
Chen, Yu
Ma, Ming
Wang, Xia
Wang, Lijun
Zeng, Deping
Shi, Jianlin
Title A facile in situ hydrophobic layer protected selective etching strategy for the synchronous synthesis/modification of hollow or rattle-type silica nanoconstructs
Formatted title
A facile in situ hydrophobic layer protected selective etching strategy for the synchronous synthesis/modification of hollow or rattle-type silica nanoconstructs
Journal name Journal of Materials Chemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-9428
1364-5501
Publication date 2012-07-07
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1039/c2jm31504a
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 25
Start page 12553
End page 12561
Total pages 9
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A novel and general in situ hydrophobic shell-protected selective etching strategy has been developed to synchronously synthesize and modify hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs) and rattle-type mesoporous silica nanoparticles (RMSNs) with well-defined morphology, effectively avoiding the drawbacks of post-modification. The key point of the strategy lies in the hydrophilicity differences between the pure silica inner core and the organic hybrid silica shell, which results in the preferential etching of the pure silica inner core. Except that amino group functionalized HMSNs (amino-HMSNs) can be synthesized via this strategy, it can be readily applied for the synthesis of HMSNs and RMSNs synchronously grafted with different kinds of functional groups by employing other silane coupling agents, directly indicating the generality of this strategy. Furthermore, adding no additional reduction agents, the amino-HMSNs can be regarded as nanoreactors, and a distinctively heterogeneous rattle-type structure, Au@HMSN/Au, with an entrapped size-tunable Au nanoparticle and some small Au nanocrystals embedded in the hollow cavity and shell of each nanoparticle, respectively, is obtained. As hybrid ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs), unlike micro-sized organic UCAs merely confined to blood pool imaging, the as-synthesized nano-sized amino-HMSNs can achieve excellent in vitro ultrasound imaging, and potentially be applied in cell-level imaging. More importantly, relying on the process merits of our strategy, such as the doping of silane coupling agents and no calcination treatment, amino-HMSNs exhibit enhanced ultrasound imaging to some certain extent compared to the calcined ones.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering Publications
 
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